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The Hedonist’s Housecoat: Free Crochet Housecoat Pattern (Medium, One-Size and Plus Size)

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Every time I create a new pattern I think to myself this has got to be my favorite pattern to date. How is it then, that I am wrong each and every time? Because THIS new crochet housecoat pattern is definitely my favorite. This housecoat is luxurious, it is comfortable, and it makes me extremely happy. Which is why I named it The Hedonist’s Housecoat.

The Hedonist's Housecoat free crochet pattern

The Hedonist’s Housecoat

Hedonism is the belief that pleasure or happiness in all things should be top priority. Therefore, a hedonist is a person in constant pursuit of pleasure; they do things, eat things, wear things, etc that make them feel good. And this housecoat does just that.

Slouchy-Chic Crochet Housecoat

You know when you walk into Kohl’s, and there’s that area with the purses, belts, and scarves? If I were tasked with placing this housecoat in a specific department, that would be the one; right there with all of the other one-size-fits-most shawls and ponchos. You know, where the hedonists shop. 😛

One size fits most crocheted housecoat pattern

It’s roomy, it’s comfy, it’s oh-so soft. We can wrap up in it and cuddle with the spouse and kids on the couch to watch our favorite movies wearing face mask and eating popcorn. SIGN ME UP!

My mom comes several days a week for coffee in the mornings, and to take the kids to school. Every time I design a new piece of clothing I ask for her input. She looks gorgeous as ever!

Free crochet housecoat pattern

Approximate measurements for one-size-fits-most housecoat:

Body circumference: 62″
Height (neck to hem after washing): 36″
Upper arm circumference: 21″
Lower sleeve circumference: 12″

UPDATE! Since originally publishing this pattern, I have added a medium size and a plus size version. The medium version would be great for those wearing US dress sizes 6 – 12, the one-size would be perfect for sizes 14 – 3XL, and the larger version of this housecoat would be perfect for sizes 3XL – 5XL.  The lovely Dawnette did an awesome job testing it and providing feedback! Thank you, Dawnette! Find the different sizes separated out below.

Crochet Housecoat Free Pattern

For this pattern we are using the Herringbone Half Double Crochet, abbreviated as the HHDC. This stitch is much easier than it looks, so give it a shot with this new video tutorial. You’ll love it, and after crocheting this housecoat you’ll have it mastered!

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See the companion VIDEO tutorial for this pattern here.

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Get the CHILD size here.

Materials:

Medium/size 4/worsted weight yarn
– approx. 1500 yards for medium
– approx. 1700 yards for one-size
– approx. 2000 yards for large size
Crochet hook size J/6mm

Gauge:

12 hhdc and 10 rows  = 4″ square

Need help adjusting your gauge? This article will help!

I have broken this pattern into three: medium, one-size and large size.

Crocheting an infant cardiganGeneral shape before sewing shoulders, for example only.

Adding the sleeves to a crochet house coatSkipping the first st of the sleeve.

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Medium Pattern:

Fhdc – 130 (or ch-131, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each across) (130)
Rows 2 – 62: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (130)
Do not fasten off.

If desired, mark 23 sts and 35 sts in from each side (these will mark your armholes)

First side:
Row 63: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in first 23 sts only (first st marker). (23)
Rows 64 – 80: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (23)
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.

Back:
Attach yarn at 36th st to create back portion:
Row 63: Ch-1, hhdc in same st and next 59 sts (between st markers). (60)
Rows 64 – 80: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (60)
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.

Second side:
Attach yarn at 108th st to create second side (last st marker):
Row 63: Ch-1, hhdc in same and each to end. (23)
Rows 64 – 80: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (23)
Fasten off.

You now have three panels and two armholes. Fold the two outside panels in and sew the shoulders using the Mattress Stitch. You should have 14 sts open across the back of the neck.

Front opening edging:
Attach yarn at bottom right (if you were wearing the housecoat) with sl st.
Row 1: Ch-1, hdc (not hhdc) up the front to shoulder, across neck and down the other front.
Rows 2 – 4: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end.
Fasten off and move to sleeves.

Sleeves:
Attach yarn at bottom center of armhole. This is where your underarm seam will be.
Row 1: Ch-1, hhdc in same st and each around. Join with sl st to top of first hhdc. (50)
Rows 2 – 17: Ch-1, turn, sk very first st (where the join was last row as pictured) and hhdc in each st around. Join with sl st to top of first hhdc. (34 sts after row 17)
**because of the sk you’ll have one less st each row**
Rows 18 – 54 (or desired length): Ch-1, turn hhdc in each st around (make sure first st goes into same as join). Join with sl st to top of first hhdc. (34)
Row 55: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join using invisible join and weave in ends. (34)

Pockets:
Row 1: Ch-21, hhdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. (20)
Rows 2 – 15: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (20)
Row 16: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (20)
Fasten off leaving a super long tail for sewing to housecoat front.

Position your pockets evenly on both sides and sew to housecoat using a yarn needle. I placed the bottom of my pockets 16 rows up from the housecoat bottom and 10 stitches in from the edging.

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One-Size Pattern:

Row 1: Fhdc – 160 (or ch-161, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each across) (160)
Rows 2 – 62: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (160)
Do not fasten off.

If desired, mark 25 sts and 45 sts in from each side (these will mark your armholes)

First side:
Row 63: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in first 25 sts only (first st marker). (25)
Rows 64 – 80: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (25)
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.

Back:
Attach yarn at 46th st to create back portion:
Row 63: Ch-1, hhdc in same st and next 69 sts (between st markers). (70)
Rows 64 – 80: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (70)
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.

Second side:
Attach yarn at 136th st to create second side (last st marker):
Row 63: Ch-1, hhdc in same and each to end. (25)
Rows 64 – 80: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (25)
Fasten off.

You now have three panels and two armholes. Fold the two outside panels in and sew the shoulders using the Mattress Stitch. You should have 20 sts open across the back of the neck.

Front opening edging:
Attach yarn at bottom right (if you were wearing the housecoat) with sl st.
Row 1: Ch-1, hdc (not hhdc) up the front to shoulder, across neck and down the other front.
Rows 2 – 4: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end.
Fasten off and move to sleeves.

Sleeves:
Attach yarn at bottom center of armhole. This is where you underarm seam will be.
Row 1: Ch-1, hhdc in same st and each around. Join with sl st to top of first hhdc. (58)

Rows 2 – 28: Ch-1, turn, sk very first st (where the join was last row as pictured) and hhdc in each st around. Join to top of first hhdc with sl st. (because of the sk you’ll have one less st each row)
*note! if you want a larger sleeve or do not want it tapered, simply crochet in even rounds without skipping first st each row*
Row 29: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join using invisible join and weave in ends. (30)

Pockets:
Make two
Row 1: Ch-21, hhdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. (20)
Rows 2 – 15: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (20)
Row 16: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (20)
Fasten off leaving a super long tail for sewing to housecoat front.

Position your pockets evenly on both sides and sew to housecoat using a yarn needle. I placed the bottom of my pockets 16 rows up from the housecoat bottom and 10 stitches in from the edging. After washing I wish I would have placed them 4 – 6 rows higher.

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Large Size Pattern:

Row 1: Fhdc – 190 (or ch-191, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each across) (190)
Rows 2 – 62: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (190)
Do not fasten off.

If desired, mark 35 sts and 55 sts in from each side (these will mark your armholes)

First side:
Row 63: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in first 35 sts only (first st marker). (35)
Rows 64 – 80: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (35)
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.

Back:
Attach yarn at 56th to create back portion:
Row 63: Ch-1, hhdc in same st and next 79 sts (between st markers). (80)
Rows 64 – 80: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (80)
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.

Second side:
Attach yarn at 156th st to create second side (last st marker):
Row 63: Ch-1, hhdc in same and each to end. (35)
Rows 64 – 80: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (35)
Fasten off.

You now have three panels and two armholes. Fold the two outside panels in and sew the shoulders using the Mattress Stitch. You should have 10 sts open across the back of the neck.

Front opening edging:
Attach yarn at bottom right (if you were wearing the housecoat) with sl st.
Row 1: Ch-1, hdc (not hhdc) up the front to shoulder, across neck and down the other front.
Rows 2 – 4: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end.
Fasten off and move to sleeves.

Sleeves:
Attach yarn at bottom center of armhole. This is where you underarm seam will be.
Row 1: Ch-1, hhdc in same st and each around. Join with sl st to top of first hhdc. (58)

Rows 2 – 28: Ch-1, turn, sk very first st (where the join was last row as pictured) and hhdc in each st around. Join to top of first hhdc with sl st. (because of the sk you’ll have one less st each row)
*note! if you want a larger sleeve or do not want it tapered, simply crochet in even rounds without skipping first st each row*
Row 29: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st around. Join using invisible join and weave in ends. (30)

Pockets:
Make two
Row 1: Ch-21, hhdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each across. (20)
Rows 2 – 15: Ch-1, turn, hhdc in each st to end. (20)
Row 16: Ch-1, turn, hdc in each st to end. (20)
Fasten off leaving a super long tail for sewing to housecoat front.

Position your pockets evenly on both sides and sew to housecoat using a yarn needle. I placed the bottom of my pockets 16 rows up from the housecoat bottom and 10 stitches in from the edging. After washing I wish I would have placed them 4 – 6 rows higher.

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That. Is. It.

How easy is this?! If you want a longer housecoat simply crochet more rows before starting the armholes. Alternatively, if you want a shorter housecoat simply crochet less rows before starting the armholes.

If you’d like more coverage in the front, add more edging rows. I love how the Half Double Crochet contrasts with the Herringbone Half Double, but I must admit that I had to really pay attention after working with both stitches on this project.

I hope you love this pattern as much as I do, and when you make one, I would LOVE to see your photos! I was telling everyone in my crochet group that this housecoat could easily be made a scrap-coat; a great way to use up scrap yarn!

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101 Comments

  1. I'm self taught and have never made a sweater. I'm doing sleeves but I may not be doing correctly. The last line has me confused (invisible join). What would I be joining? I'm doing it as a round, continuous sleeve that will not need a join. Help, please.
  2. This is a go-to pattern even for beginners! How many shawls and afghans can we make or even use? Thank you!
  3. Such a cute and comfy sweater! Instead of doing all the skipped stitches on the sleeves (rows 2-28) to slowly make them more narrow at the cuff, could I simply do decreases? Is there an advantage to doing the skips? Thanks for a great pattern!
  4. Love this. Easiest sweater I’ve ever made. Tutorial is the best!!! I just finished one and now I’m making another one. Thank you so much!!!
  5. Hi I'm making medium size and I'm at shoulders why do I stitch 23 sts one side and 35 sts other side ? Then do I leave the back open for 108 sts? I'm very confused.
    1. Hi Sue! I have a video tutorial for this pattern that may help. At about the 5:15 minute mark is where I start the armhole panels. https://youtu.be/B3moWqdXgqw
  6. Hey, I was just wondering if there was a specific type of yarn you would recommend for this?? Would acrylic be ok or would cotton be better??
    1. I used an acrylic for mine and it worked great...but a cotton or cotton blend would have less stretch.
  7. Hi, i love the look of the housecoat but since i find size 4 yarn itchy and stiff. Could you make it with blanket yarn size 6 which is super soft? How would i adjust the pattern to fit me as i am a 3xl. Thanks..
  8. Can you tell us the measurement from the bottom hem to the bottom of the armhole? I know total length is about 36” just wondering since I am very tall.
  9. This is the first garment I’ve ever done and really liked the simplicity of the pattern. It turned out well but slips off my shoulders while I’m wearing it. Did I not place the sleeves correctly ? Or.. I didn’t use as many rows for the border... might that be it? Also very heavy like a blanket. I used Caron pounder for the yarn. Might it be that? Frustrated because I want to wear it more than I do because of these 2 issues. Thanks.
  10. hi i love this pattern but have a question what is an hhdc crochet i know the hdc but the hhdc stumps me would apreciate know ing what it is thanks ps i have been crocheting for over 40 years
    1. Hi Catherine! The Hhdc is the Herringbone half double crochet. I have a tutorial for this if needed which can be found here: https://hearthookhome.com/how-to-herringbone-half-double-crochet-hhdc/